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UKLA Academic Book Award

This award is presented annually for a recently published academic text about the development of literacy that will be of interest to teachers, students, consultants or HE tutors.

The award invites nominations from a wide range of publishers of academic books. We welcome books that represent diversity in authorship and have appeal to a diverse, culturally inclusive readership.

The panel looks for books that make a lasting, significant contribution either to the teaching of English and literacy education at all stages, or to heightening engagement and motivation with reading.

The book receiving the award will fulfil many of the following criteria:

  • makes a distinctive and/or inspiring contribution to literacy education;
  • is based on sound, diverse and inclusive research, with explanations of relevant theory, references, and examples of practice;
  • promotes diversity; and, if visual illustrations and diagrams are used, wherever possible they represent diversity;
  • has the potential to be a rich and lasting resource for teachers, teacher educators or students;
  • encourages teachers, teacher educators and students to be reflective, innovative and creative;
  • is accessibly written and recognises a broad range of perspectives, experiences and voices;
  • is relevant to any or all key stages from early years to KS5;
  • is relevant to classroom practice, literacy teacher development or to community literacy practices or development projects;
  • if an edited collection, has a clear editorial voice that makes connections between articles and helps to build a coherent argument;
  • if a revised edition, has been substantially revised from any previous editions, is clearly relevant to current concerns within literacy education and reflects advances in the field.

Enquires FAO Penny Manford support@ukla.org

Panel Chair: Emeritus Professor Morag Styles

Submissions for the Academic Book Award 2021 

This year, publishers are invited to submit books of two types:

  1. Relevant academic books published for the first time in the UK or Ireland between November 1st 2019 and October 31st 2020.Books may previously have been published in other countries, and translations are eligible.
  2. Revised editions of titles that have been substantially revised, updated in line with the above criteria, and published between November 1st 2018 and October 31st 2020.
  3. As no award was made for 2020, the books shortlisted for the 2020 award will be carried forward automatically

Submissions should be made by 31st October 2020. 

Click here to submit your books for our 2021 award

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